Executive Education Faculty

To be the best, study with the best.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School recognizes wholeheartedly that our most valuable asset is our award-winning, industry-leading faculty. They are researchers, practitioners, thought-leaders, publishers, problem-solvers, innovation-drivers, and boundary-pushers. They are on the cutting-edge of their industries, and they are eager to meet you.

Instructors personally develop the courses they teach. As such, they are ready to engage with you, learn with you, and work with you. They are instructors, mentors, classmates, supporters, and business partners.

Get to know our faculty before you meet them. See detailed bios below.


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Federico M. Bandi, PhD

James Carey Professor in Business, Carey Business School

Federico M. Bandi, PhD, joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2009. As a professor in the research track, he focuses on financial econometrics, continuous-time asset pricing, and empirical market microstructure. He holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University. Learn more about Federico Bandi.


KATHLEEN M. SUTCLIFFE, PHD

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Carey Business School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, PhD, is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She researches how organizations and their members cope with uncertainty and unexpected surprises, and how organizations can be designed to be more reliable and resilient. She is currently investigating these issues in health care as well as in wild-land firefighting, oil and gas exploration, and other dynamic high-risk industries. She holds a PhD in Management with a focus on organizational behavior and theory from the University of Texas, Austin. Learn more about Kathleen Sutcliffe.


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Goker Aydin, PhD

Professor, Carey Business School

Goker Aydin joined the Carey Business School in January 2017 as a professor. His research is driven by the demand and supply uncertainty facing both retailers and their suppliers. Prior to joining Carey Business School, Goker served on the faculty of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and BS in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey. Learn more about Goker Aydin.

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Ge Bai, PhD, CPA

Professor of Practice, Carey Business School

Ge Bai, PhD, CPA is a professor of practice of Accounting at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and associate professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an expert on health care pricing, policy, and management. Dr. Bai has testified before House Ways and Means Committee, written for the Wall Street Journal, and published her studies in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs. Her work has been widely featured in ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, NBC, New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media outlets and cited in government regulations and congressional testimonies. Learn more about Ge Bai.


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Brian Gunia, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Carey Business School

Brian Gunia, PhD, is an award-winning professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Brian’s research, which focuses on negotiation, ethical decision-making, and sleep, has been published in several academic journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Annual Review of Psychology. Popular media outlets including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes have also featured his work.

Founder of the Carey School’s Business in Government Initiative, he also authors the blog “Life’s Negotiable.” Brian holds a PhD in Management from Northwestern University. Learn more about Brian Gunia.


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Mario Macis, PhD

Professor, Carey Business School 

Mario Macis, PhD (Economics, University of Chicago) is a professor with research interests in the areas of health economics, prosocial behavior, morally controversial transactions, global health, experimental economics, development economics, and labor economics. He is also associate faculty at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research. Macis has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the National Marrow Donor Program, and the United Nations Development Programme. Learn more about Mario Macis.


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Lasse Mertins, PhD

Professor of Practice and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Carey Business School

Lasse Mertins, PhD, (Virginia Tech) is a professor of practice at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. His expertise is in the areas of financial statement analysis, managerial accounting and performance assessments. He is a certified management accountant. Before his academic career, Mertins worked as a management accountant in the food industry. He has published his research in many scholarly journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Accounting, Journal of Accounting Literature, Advances in Accounting, and Issues in Accounting Education. Learn more about Lasse Mertins.


Yuval Bar Or

Yuval Bar-Or, PhD

Associate Professor, Carey Business School

Yuval Bar-Or, PhD, (University of Pennsylvania) is an associate professor on the practice track at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School since 2014, where he teaches a variety of investments, risk management, and corporate finance courses. He has lectured extensively on the subjects of decision making, risk management, and financial literacy and held senior roles at KMV, S&P, and Algorithmics.

His corporate roles included senior product and project management responsibilities. He is the author of seven books, and the founder of the Pillars of Wealth financial literacy initiative for doctors. Learn more about Yuval Bar-Or.


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Steven D. Cohen, PhD

Associate Professor, Carey Business School

Steven D. Cohen, PhD, is an accomplished scholar and dynamic trainer whose research focuses on persuasive communication and effective presentation skills. He has been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Slate, Huffington Post, and New York Magazine and was featured in the BBC Radio documentary, “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet.” He has authored two books—Public Speaking: The Path to Success and Lessons from the Podium: Public Speaking as a Leadership Art—and is the editor of Speaking for Success: Readings and Resources, a collection of essential articles on the art of public speaking. Prior to his academic career, Cohen was an assistant vice president and team leader at Bank of America and a senior strategy consultant at IBM Global Business Services. He holds a PhD in communication from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. Learn more about Steven D. Cohen.


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Stacey Lee, JD

Associate Professor, Carey Business School 

Stacey Lee, JD (University of Maryland School of Law) joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2008. She is an associate professor in the practice track with expertise in the areas of business law, health law, and negotiation. Learn more about Stacey Lee.


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Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, PhD

Associate Professor, Carey Business School

Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, PhD, is a prominent FinTech data scientist and assistant professor of finance at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. His research pushes the boundaries of economic study, focusing on the intersection of social media, big data, and financial markets. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Portfolio Management where he co-authored the most read Invited Editorial, "iGDP?." Liew serves as the Chairman of the Johns Hopkins Innovation Factory and has received the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence in 2015 and 2016. He holds a PhD in Finance from Columbia University. Learn more about Jim Kyung-Soo Liew.  


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Christopher G. Myers, PhD

Associate Professor and Academic Director of Executive Education, Carey Business School

Christopher G. Myers, PhD (Management & Organizations, University of Michigan) is an associate professor and academic director of Executive Education at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School with joint faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. His research explores questions of learning, development, and innovation in organizations, as well as how people learn vicariously from others’ knowledge and experience at work. Learn more about Christopher G. Myers.


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Supriya Munshaw, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Carey Business School 

Supriya Munshaw, PhD (Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Duke University) joined the Carey Business School faculty in 2013. She is a senior lecturer in the practice track with interest in technology transfer and commercialization of early-stage technologies. At Carey she has taught several courses including Discovery to Market, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals, Statistical Analysis, Business Leadership and Human Values and, New Product Development. She is one of the founders and organizers of the Johns Hopkins Bootcamp for Biomedical Entrepreneurs. She advises and works with local biotech and medtech startups, has served as adjunct faculty for the NSF I-corps program and has served on NIH SBIR grant review panels. She also serves as the chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion for faculty and staff at Carey. Learn more about Supriya Munshaw.


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Colleen Stuart, PhD

Assistant Professor, Carey Business School

Colleen Stuart is an assistant professor of management at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School with expertise in the areas of collaborative work, social networks and diversity. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Toronto. Her research has been published in several academic journals, such as Organization Science and The Academy of Management Journal, as well as featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, and The Huffington Post. Learn more about Colleen Stuart.


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Adriano Pianesi, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Carey Business School

Adriano Pianesi has 20 years of leadership development, team coaching, and change experience built on capacity development, possibility thinking, and sound strategy. A member of the Society for Organizational Learning, Pianesi holds an MBA in Communication and Group Dynamics from the University of Milan. Pianesi trained at Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Art of Hosting, where he refined his repertoire of experiential and innovative teaching practices. His consulting practice has helped leaders work for change by harnessing the powers of conflict, diversity, and complexity. Among his clients are Microsoft, Philip Morris International, the World Bank Group, Rotary International, Pan-American Health Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, U.S. Marine Corps. Learn more about Adriano Pianesi.


Tamas Budavari, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Tamas Budavari, PhD is an associate professor of applied mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, physics, and astronomy. The core of his research is in computational statistics, Bayesian inference, low-dimensional embeddings, streaming algorithms, parallel processing on GPUs, scientific databases, and survey astronomy. He has been focusing on various statistical and computational challenges in astronomy as modern detector technology is rapidly changing the way science is done.


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Alexa S. Chilcutt, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Alexa S. Chilcutt, PhD is an award-winning faculty member of the College of Communication and Information Sciences and director of the Public Speaking Program at the University of Alabama. Chilcutt is an expert in public speaking, impression management, and leadership. Her research on organizational impression management and leadership communication has been published in Public Relations Journal, Journal of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Impact magazine, and MedEdPORTAL. Chilcutt is the author of the book "Engineered to Speak: Helping You Create and Deliver Engaging Technical Presentations" published by Wiley IEEE Press' Professional Series.


Laurie Churchman, MFA

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Laurie Churchman is the principal of Designlore. She has 30+ years of corporate and non-profit design experience recognized by AIGA, Communication Arts, Creativity, and How Magazine. She brings design to community and civic challenges in Philadelphia, as well as writes curricula and teaches in Jefferson University’s MS in Health Communication Design. She was named an AIGA Fellow in 2009. Laurie has a BS from UD, an MFA from Yale and completed AIGA/Harvard Business School Design Leaders program.


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Erik Helzer, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Erik Helzer, PhD develops and applies psychological, organizational, and behavioral science insights to understand the cultivation of practical wisdom for leading in organizations. His research focuses on three facets of practical wisdom: ethical behavior and moral judgment, self-knowledge, and personal agency and adjustment. He is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

Erik brings an interdisciplinary perspective to his work. His research has been published in a number of top-tier journals including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Psychological Science, Theory of Research in Education, Academic Medicine, and other outlets. These and other papers have influenced research and practice across a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, healthcare, education, and leadership, helping to advance knowledge on a diverse set of problems, both academic and social.

As an educator, Erik has taught in both academic and professional settings. His teaching spans a range of topics in organizational behavior, including ethical leadership, judgment and decision-making, and difficult conversations. He has worked with a number of organizations to offer custom programs for employees on these and other topics, providing knowledge and practical skills that are grounded in behavioral science.

Erik received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy at Oregon State University and then moved to Ithaca, New York to complete doctoral studies in Personality and Social Psychology at Cornell University. He completed postgraduate training at Wake Forest University and was an Assistant Professor of Management at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School before joining NPS in 2020.


Nicole Ja, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Nicole provides innovative consulting that leverages human-centered research and evaluation tools and techniques to build the capacity of non-profit organizations, health organizations, schools, and governmental agencies focused on enhancing the development and well-being of young people and their families. She holds an MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. Nicole’s research has focused on adolescence, self-development, school and community programs, and social connectedness, and has been featured in Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of Counseling Psychology, and Psychology Today.


Anna Fitzgibbon, MBA

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Anna Fitzgibbon is the Founder and Owner of OutGrowth. As an experiential education expert, Anna is a die-hard advocate for immersive programming and a re-imagined approach to professional development. With experience traveling and working in over 25 countries, she earned her MBA from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and has a professional background in program development and facilitation (design thinking, corporate team-building and wellness, project-based learning, higher education), sustainable community development and co-creation, event management, and outdoor education.


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Jemima A. Frimpong, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Jemima A. Frimpong, PhD (Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania) joined Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor in the research track at the Carey Business School and core faculty at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in 2016. Her research focuses on the adoption and sustainability of innovations, development and testing of organizational-level interventions, and performance improvement. Her research centers primarily on health care organizations. Learn more about Jemima A. Frimpong.


Jack Goncalo, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Jack Goncalo is a professor of business administration and the Robert and Helen P. Seass Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Gies College of Business. Goncalo earned his PhD in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He came to Illinois in 2016 after spending 12 years on the faculty at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. His current research and teaching interests are in creativity, idea evaluation, and team collaboration. His research on creativity has been widely covered in popular press outlets including CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and Time Magazine.


Danielle Piccinini Black, MBA, MPH

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Danielle Piccinini is a trained Design Thinking professional, Executive Education faculty member at the Carey Business School, and Senior Program Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs. She leads the development and implementation of Design Thinking research, workshops, and co-creation internationally to address immerging public health and business needs, and uses that experience to enhance her Design Thinking courses. Danielle holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger and South Africa.


Quinetta Roberson, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Quinetta Roberson, Ph.D. is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Management and Psychology at Michigan State University. Prior to her current position, she was an Endowed Chair at Villanova University and a tenured professor at Cornell University. She has been a visiting scholar at universities on six continents and has more than 20 years of global experience in teaching courses, facilitating workshops, and advising organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Roberson has published over 40 scholarly journal articles and book chapters, edited a Handbook of Diversity in the Workplace (2013), and is a TEDx speaker on the “Science of Inclusion”. Her research and consulting work focus on developing organizational capability and enhancing effectiveness through diversity, equity and inclusion, and is informed by her work experiences, having worked as a financial analyst and small business consultant prior to obtaining her doctorate.  She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Finance.

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